Welland recognized as a great place to grow

Welland is Open for Business

Profitguide’s search for places in Canada that were business-friendly with fast-moving development processes and little regulatory regime led them to Welland. It’s a recognition for which the cities staff and economic team can be proud of,  as it is a designation that would not have been possible a decade ago.

For many years, news surrounding industry growth in Welland spoke instead to the decline of the manufacturing industry. But a reinvented and aggressive economic strategy, hinged on marketing the city as an attractive place to do business, has moved Welland into a position for growth on a national investment level.

 

Advantages beyond City Hall

The cities advantages extend well beyond the processes at city hall. As a provincially designated place to grow, business choosing to build in Welland have the ability to receive tax and development charges relief through theNiagara Gateway Economic Zone and Centre Community Improvement Plan. Further incentive programs are offered in strategic locations throughout Welland, including specific industrial parks. Welland’s location, skilled workforce and burgeoning industry opportunities are all additional industry advantages.

Industrial real estate Welland

News of new development and expansion in Welland’s key industries is starting to become a regular occurrence. With businesses including Northern Gold Foods, Bertie and Clinton Mutual Insurance, Atlantic Biodiesel (possible expansion) and Trivium Industries purchasing and developing real estate. Welland’s industrial centres likeEnterprise Industrial Park offer appealing developable land with excellent transportation access and financial incentives.  Click here to view available industrial and commercial real estate within the city. 

 

Source article here: http://gregchew.hs-sites.com/blog/growing-industry-in-niagara-welland-nationally-recongized

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Welland named Top Business-Friendly Place in Canada

From PROFIT Magazine:

There’s no barrier to doing business more formidable than government. Red tape and high taxes can snarl up your operations, slow down your innovation, and even stop you from getting started in the first place.

So when you’re choosing a location for a new outlet, office or venture, it’s important to find a place with an administration and community that tries to help—not hinder—companies like yours. You want a tax and regulatory regime that enables your growth instead of stifling it, a bureaucracy that won’t stop your planned capital projects in their tracks.

Help is at hand. For the first annual study of Canada’s Best Places for Business, we surveyed 50 of the country’s largest municipalities to find the ones with burgeoning markets, the lowest costs and the most amenable tax and regulatory regimes. Looking for a municipality that’s open for business? Here are the Canada’s Top 10 Most Business-Friendly Places for 2015:

1. WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

2. DELTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA

3. VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA

4. NEW WESTMINSTER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

5. ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

6. CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO

7. REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN

8. WHITBY, ONTARIO

9. WELLAND, ONTARIO

10. MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK

http://www.profitguide.com/manage-grow/strategy-operations/canadas-most-business-friendly-places-93994

Hope Centre undergoes major renovations at new site thanks to CTFS employees

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On September 24, 2015 the entire Canadian Tire Financial Services management team put a little extra elbow grease into their workday. They spent the day volunteering their time and skills to renovate and transform the new home of The Hope Centre.

About 120 managers, APVs and VPs donated 720 hours to create garden beds; assemble a gazebo, shed, picnic tables and benches; lay new stones and sod outdoors, as well as carpeting indoors; paint indoors and outdoors, and fix parking curbs. The team also donated and sorted food, and helped set up the shelving for the new food bank space. Lastly, 20 new bicycles were assembled for children who attend the centre.

Full article and many more photos at myWelland here: http://www.mywelland.com/articles/ctfs-leaders-invest-day-hope-centre

Coworking Space, Studio, Daycare & Cafe coming to Downtown Welland

Note: This post was copied from the source: http://thetribeatwise.com/door-keys-work-exchanges-and-the-grand-opening-of-wise/ by author and Owner, Jay Kalryzian.

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WE DID IT.

There were times I feared this moment would never come, when I wanted to throw my arms in the air and go get a job down at Canadian Tire. But we soldiered on, pushing and prodding and calling in favours. We changed real estate agents three times. We negotiated and we renegotiated. We made offers and we rejected offers and we thought about quitting a million times.

I’m writing you today with keys in hand.
We’ve created something incredible – a flexible working space that includes daycare, a place to get great grub and proper coffee, a place to meet clients, a place to catch the occasional Qi Gong or Yoga class, and much more. Above all, it’s a place for Welland. It’s for independants, small businesses, entrepreneurs and families. It’s for you.

WORK WISE WILL OPEN ON THE FIRST OF OCTOBER, BUT WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU. RENOS START TODAY. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be knocking down walls, ripping up carpet and beautifying our space. This is your chance to make the space your own, to voice your opinion on the best colour for the boardroom (yeah, we have one of those), the best furniture layout, and whether or not desks should face the front window or the waterfront (we have one of those, too).

We need skilled people, but mostly we need willing people. And we’re not asking you to work for free. For every hour you put in, we’ll give you a $10 credit toward hot desk space. You can check out our pricing online, but 12 hours of work will get you a month of unlimited hot desk space, and 5 will get you one day a week. Contact Jay if you’re interested in banking hours, and he’ll accommodate as many of you as I can.

Here’s what needs doing now:

  • Demolition
  • Painting
  • Cleaning
  • Beautifying, including a sign to be hung on East Main

We also need couches, desks and office furniture in good condition. If you have something to donate or sell at a good price, please contact Jay.

SPREAD THE WORD. COWORKING HAS ARRIVED IN WELLAND.

We’ve just launched a brand new website, with all the information about our residents, partners and affiliates. It’s a work in progress, but the fundamentals are there. Come visit our table at the Welland Food Festival, and take a peek in the window on your way over.

Know someone who might be a good fit? Anyone who works at home from a computer, even once per week, will love our space. Permanent desks are available for people who work on desktop computers, like to leave lots of papers about, or just plain need them.

Forward this email. Pass out Jay’s number or email. Stop by the Food Festival and grab a flyer. Visit the cafe. Drop your kids off at the Learning Curve and enjoy a child-free time getting work done.

Listen up, people. It’s real and it’s happening. Let’s make sure that Welland knows.

More jobs coming to Welland via Hydac expansion

A hydraulic equipment manufacturer and supplier is embarking on a nearly $2-million expansion that will create a handful of new jobs in Welland.

Hydac Canada, at 14 Federal Rd. facing Prince Charles Dr., has been awarded a Welland Niagara Gateway Economic Zone and Centre community improvement plan grant towards construction of its $1.825-million project.

The company plans to build a 1,214-square-metre shop addition to its existing 3,088-square-metre manufacturing facility.

According to a city report, the new facility will create the equivalent of five to six full-time jobs, while retaining 43 full-time jobs.

The development will include nine sheltered bicycle parking spots.

Hydac has qualified for $194,400 through the city’s Tax Increment Based Grant Program, for which costs are shared by Niagara Region. The annual grant payment will be about $38,867 over each of the coming five years, the report showed.

When the project is completed, it will represent an additional $28,608 in tax revenues to the city and $26,900 to the region, combined more than $55,500 annually.

Hydac was founded in 1995, as a division of Hydac International based out of Germany. Its products can be found in numerous applications, including for wind turbines, roller-coasters and airplanes.

It was established as the sole distribution centre for Hydac International in Canada, but in Welland is now progressing more heavily toward manufacturing.

From Greg Furminger of Welland Tribune

Solar farm to pop up in Downtown Welland

Welland city council has approved installation of a solar farm on the former Atlas Steels property downtown. More to come…

 UPDATE: From Welland Tribune July 26 2015:

The downtown industrial brownfields of the former Atlas Steels plant could be growing a crop of solar panels.

Welland city council gave its support for Mississauga-based RESCo Energy Inc. to construct and operate a ground-mounted solar project on the lands at 400 East Main St.

RESCo is planning a 600-kilowattdirect current, 500-kW alternating current photovoltaic operation.

In correspondence to the city, the company said Welland Hydro has indicated there is capacity in its hydro lines for the solar project, for ahich an application will be made to Ontario’s Feed-In Traffic — or renewable energy procurement — program.

Council’s support came on the same night that it supported a blanket resolution that expires September 2016 endorsing all Welland ground-mounted and rooftop solar projects that would qualify for Ontario Power Authority’s Feed-In Tariff Program.

A similar solar-energy project is planned for the rooftops at Fitch Street Plaza.

An aerial mockup contained in councillors’ agenda package Tuesday indicated the soalr panels would be installed at the north end of the Atlas Steels land, extending south about halfway down Patterson Ave.

There was no discussion about the project in council chambers.

greg.furminger@sunmedia.ca

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Biodiesel plant opens its doors in Welland

Atlantic Biodiesel officially opened its 45 MMgy biodiesel plant in Welland, Ontario, June 25. The former Great Lakes Biodiesel plant gained new ownership after GLB lender Heridge S.a.R.L.’s stalking horse bid won the assets from a bankruptcy auction early this year. Heridge formed the subsidiary Atlantic Biodiesel Corp. to manage operations in Welland.

“This is an important day for Atlantic Biodiesel and for the greater Welland community,” said Michael Paszti, chief operating officer of Atlantic Biodiesel. “Our world-class facility is up and running. We are excited to be a part of this community and to support the local economy.” Paszti said the company is making a commitment to source locally when possible.

In addition to 45 MMgy of biodiesel production, the plant is capable of making 4 MMgy of high-grade glycerin and is strategically located within close proximity of rail infrastructure, providing for storage and shipping ability to a range of North American markets.

“The City of Welland is thrilled to welcome Atlantic Biodiesel to the community,” said Mayor Frank Campion. “The facility will bring approximately 25 direct jobs and significant indirect business to the area. Every job is valued and needed in our community. I strongly encourage the federal, provincial and local governments to join me in supporting this local company as they work to bring jobs and economic prosperity to Welland.”

“Tomorrow the real work begins,” Paszti said. “We are committed to the long-term sustainability and success of our facility and we are proud to be part of Welland’s economic renewal.”

Atlantic Biodiesel is a member of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association. Andrea Kent, president of CRFA, said, “The opening of Atlantic Biodiesel’s facility is great news for Welland and Ontario. We salute Atlantic Biodiesel’s new leadership team for their long-term commitment to biofuels and to local and national economic prosperity. They represent a fantastic and welcome addition to our membership.”

Article from Biodiesel Magazine.

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